Alex Rodriguez only got one at-bat in the series opener at Fenway Park, but he made it count with a laser home run up into the Green Monster seats that pulled him into a tie on the All-Time home run list with Willie Mays at 660. The home run is obviously a big moment for Rodriguez and fans of the Yankees, and it served as the game-winning hit for New York after they'd managed to claw their way back to within a tie. It was Rodriguez's first pinch hit home run of his career.
The Yankees got on the board first in the top of the first inning when Jacoby Ellsbury came around to score on a Carlos Beltran double. Unfortunately, the offense managed to squander multiple opportunities by leaving 12 runners on base. Brian McCann finally came through in the seventh with an RBI single that brought home Didi Gregorius before the A-Rod heroics an inning later. Ellsbury and Beltran each picked up two hits in the game. Gregorius, unfortunately, committed another error in the field on a ground ball. He has seemingly settled down a bit as of late, so hopefully this doesn't cause him to regress back to fielding nightmare Didi.
CC Sabathia managed to limit the damage of seven hits and two walks over six innings to only two runs against the dangerous Red Sox lineup. Sabathia flirted with a few long fly balls in the first inning, allowing Brett Gardner to record all three put outs in the inning. Those flyball tendencies came back to bite him when Allen Craig launched a homer to left field in the fourth. The big left-hander wasn't fantastic by any means, but he did enough to keep his team in the game despite the offense failing to capitalize on multiple opportunities. Esmil Rogers came on to pitch the seventh, allowing only a walk before Joe Girardi was able to turn the game over to the dynamic duo of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. Betances decided to walk the tightrope by giving up a hit and a walk before striking out two batters to close out the inning. As he has been all season, Miller was fantastic in closing out his ninth save. He only struck out one batter, but he never needed to break a sweat. You can't really say enough about how dangerous of a weapon his dominance has been.
There was a scary moment in the game when Mark Teixeira was plunked on his surgically-repaired wrist. He stayed in the game, which is good news, but we'll have to wait and see how the wrist responds overnight. Hopefully it's nothing! This team needs Teixeira to keep mashing the way he has been since the season began. Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan actually broke his finger on the play after the ball bounced off Teixeira, and now he is going to require surgery to repair it.
Nathan Eovaldi will try to secure another series victory in tomorrow's afternoon matchup with Wade Miley at 1:35 pm.